WHAT IS THE GASTRIC BALLOON?

  • It is a balloon of silicone that is inserted in the stomach and is filled with a sterilized saline solution which takes a large space in the stomach.And so gives the patient a feeling of fullness and satiety.

  • WHO IS THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THE GASTRIC BALLOON?

  • The best candidate is the obese patient who has an increase in weight than the ideal less than 30 kg. Or his BMI (weight/(length)2) less than 30 and failed in weight loss by diet or practising exercises.

  • Time of inserting balloon takes about 10 minutes and it remains in the stomach for 6 months, in this time, the patient achieves his goal in weight loss. Some kinds of balloons remain for a year in the stomach.

  • GASTRIC BALLOON IN SIMPLE WORDS: 1.Easy procedure. With just Local anaesthesia. 2-A quick non-surgical operation takes no more than a few minutes. 3-Achieves great results in weight loss. The patient loses more than 80% of the weight after the procedure. 4-The patient gets rid of many complications of obesity, like diabetes mellitus type II, hypertension and others.

 

 

GASTRIC BALLOON COMPLICATIONS:

As with any other procedure, there is a potential for

some damage and complications from the gastric

balloon, the most important of which are:

 

 

1-You must adhere to a strict diet after placing the balloon so that the weight gain does not occur again.

  3-The maximum duration of the balloon’s presence in the stomach is a year depending on its type so that no damage from the stomach acid secretions.

  • 5-In some minor cases, bouts of colic and frequent feeling of nausea and vomiting.

  • 2-The probability of infection of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract with the infections due to the contact of the medical instruments with the stomach during the balloon insertion.

4-The probability of the growth of bacteria within the fluid inside the balloon, and thus the probability of infection and high temperature.

6-The probability of the balloon exposure to the puncture before the time set for remaining in the stomach.

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